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Game Preview: Siena Hosts Stony Brook In The College Basketball Invitational

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Siena continues its first season under coach Jimmy Patsos Tuesday night in their first ever appearance in the College Basketball Invitational as they host Stony Brook of the America East Conference. Tipoff at the Times Union Center is scheduled for 7 pm. It is the Saints first postseason game since 2010 when they made their third consecutive NCAA appearance.

This will be Siena’s 12th postseason tournament appearance as a Division I program with six trips to the NCAA Tournament and five NIT appearances. They hold a 13-11 record in postseason games. Siena hosts a postseason game for the first time in 11 years in their first meeting all time vs. Stony Brook. The winner of this CBI opening round game will play the Penn State-Hampton winner next Monday.

The Saints enter the game with a record of 15-17 and finished the season in 5th place in the MAAC with a conference record of 11-9 after being picked 10th in the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. They lost 71-65 in the MAAC Tournament quarterfinals to Canisius after winning their final four regular season games.

Under Patsos, Siena has brought new life into the Times Union Center where they are 10-4 this season. The Saints have also had a flair for the dramatic this season. In 9 of their final 11 games, the Saints were within one possession in the final 1:10 of regulation and they have held the lead in the final minute of regulation in 11 of their last 13 games. They are 8-5 over that span and finished the regular season strong winning 8 of the last 12 games.

“It’s a great honor to be playing in a tournament,” said Patsos. “To have a home game that says you have great fans and a good program. I’m just glad the players get rewarded and the fans get rewarded. They did it this year.”

Rob Poole, an All-MAAC Third Team selection, leads Siena in scoring, averaging 14.7 points per game.

“It’s pretty cool we get to play in front of the home crowd, said Poole on hosting the CBI game. ”They deserve it. They’ve been supporting us all year. I’m just hoping to put on a good show for them.”

Marquis Wright and Lavon Long were both chosen to the All-MAAC Rookie Team. Wright has averaged 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds with a 48% field goal percentage over the last 15 games. He is third in the country for all freshmen behind Kahlil Felder of Oakland (6.4) and Tyler Ennis of Syracuse (5.6). On the season, Wright leads the MAAC in assists (5.5, 29th nationally) and is second in steals (1.7). He is the first freshman to lead the MAAC in assists in at least 20 years.

Long has reached double figures in 17 games this season including 7 of the last 10. He is third on the team in scoring with 9.6 points and fourth in rebounding (4.8) this year.

Brett Bisping has led the Saints over the last 10 games averaging 14 points and 7.8 rebounds over that span. He scored a career-high 22 points in the last game vs. Canisius.

Evan Hymes has been the spark off the bench this season for the Saints. He is 4th on the team in scoring, with 9.4 points per game and is averaging a team best 17.7 points per 40 minutes.

Stony Brook Seawolves

Head Coach: Steve Pikiell

America East Conference

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(23-10 overall, 13-3 America East Conference, 2nd)

Under ninth-year head coach Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook has recorded 20-win seasons in four of the last five seasons, including this year’s 23-win campaign that ranks as the second-best in the program’s Div. I  history…also won 13-plus America East games for the fourth time in five seasons and advanced to the America East Championship final for the third time in four years…one of Metro New York’s most successful programs in recent years…since the start of the 2009-10 season, the Seawolves have won 107 games, second-most among Metro New York’s 22 teams. Last year they defeated U Mass in the first round of the NIT.

“We are happy to be selected for a postseason bid for the third consecutive season,” Pikiell said. “It’s a great reward for winning the second-most games in our program’s Division I history. We look forward to competing against Siena and hope to continue our successful season.”

The Seawolves are led by 6-8 sophomore forward Jameel Warney the America East Player of the Year who leads the team in scoring (14.5) and rebounding (8.0).

Also averaging in double figures for Stony Brook is 6-0 sophomore guard Carson Puriefoy (13.0), 6-0 senior guard Anthony Jackson (12.4) and 6-2 senior guard Dave Coley (10.6)

Stony Brook 2013-2014 Results:

NOVEMBER

Fri. 8 MARIST 71-55 W

Sun. 10 HAVERFORD 81-65 W

Wed. 13 NORTHEASTERN 73-66 W

Sun. 17 at Indiana 74-90 L

Fri. 22 vs. Toledo  99-103 L

Sat. 23 vs. Florida Atlantic  67-61 W

Sun. 24 at Detroit  104-102 (3OT) W

DECEMBER

Sun. 1 ST. FRANCIS BROOKLYN 68-70 L

Wed. 4 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 77-62 W

Sat. 7 vs. La Salle  57-65 L

Sun. 15 at New Hampshire* 67-48 W

Thu. 19 at Loyola Maryland 76-69 W

Sun. 22 CORNELL 76-54 W

JANUARY

Fri. 3 at VCU  63-81 L

Wed. 8 at Columbia 63-68 L

Sun. 12 at Hartford*  73-50 W

Wed. 15 BINGHAMTON* 67-47 W

Sat. 18 UMASS LOWELL* 70-65 W

Mon. 20 at UMBC*  81-62 W

Fri. 24 VERMONT*  67-64 W

Sun. 26 MAINE* 79-61 W

Wed. 29 at Albany* 67-77 L

FEBRUARY

Sat. 1 HARTFORD*  56-52 W

Tue. 4 at Binghamton*  58-53 W

Sat. 8 NEW HAMPSHIRE*  69-73 L

Sat. 15 at UMass Lowell* 78-68 W

Wed. 19 UMBC* 73-52 W

Sun. 23 at Maine* 83-79 W

Thu. 27 at Vermont*  53-69 L

MARCH

Sun. 2 ALBANY*  73-68 W

America East Championship

Sat. 8 vs. No. 7 Maine   80-54 W

Sun. 9 vs. No. 3 Hartford   69-64 W

Sat. 15 No. 4 ALBANY  60-69 L

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